Weekly Tribes April 2017: Terrific and Thankful

Maybe, like where I live, you are coming back after Spring break?  Here are two strategies to consider, from Tawnya on Fishers Island, NY.  Tanya is a student in the current BOC (Basic Online Course).  As you can see, she took appreciation to a new level – first, students appreciated themselves, then  a classmate re-affirmed […]

Weekly Tribes April 2017: Diversity Builds Community

This little video about ‘The Crayon Box That Talked’ is a great message about appreciating diversity and various strengths.  While it is more appropriate for the K – 2 age/grade, it may also be a challenge for your techie older students – to create a video clip or children’s story or rhyme about appreciating diversity.

Weekly Tribes March 2017: Funeral for Put-Downs

Have put-downs resurfaced in your classroom lately…a little spring ‘influence’, getting near the end of the year, and feeling like ‘next’ graders already? Here is an authentic and powerful idea from Brad and Jamie, teachers at Forest Trail Elementary school in Austin, Texas: Funeral for Put-Downs– We extensively discussed in Community Circle the power of […]

Weekly Tribes Feb 2017: Think Positively

Here is a 95-second cartoon that will certainly make you laugh.  And then you can have a discussion on thinking positively!

Weekly Tribes Feb 2017: Karim Sulayman: I Trust You

  This video clip. Is a powerful 3 minute message. Mutual Respect No Put Downs Caring Safety HOPE

Weekly Tribes Jan. 2017: No Arms, No Legs, No Worries…

What? Just when you might be thinking that your life has too many challenges…or better yet, when your students are being extra challenging for you or each other. have a look at this (and the subsequent links for Nick Vujicic).  Talk about Influence.  Positive Attitude.  Positive Attitude.  Appreciations.  Respect.

Weekly Tribes Jan 2017: Perspective and Understanding

What a week, here in the U.S.A. In light of the current mood and moodiness…and in the spirit of the Tribes process, this may be an appropriate and insightful activity. The objective here is to effectively build communication skills and support understanding of differing viewpoints.  This is not to change minds, but simply to model and […]

Weekly Tribes January 2017: Teaching in the Moment

A good read, and perhaps a good reminder: http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol12/1207-aust.aspx

Weekly Tribes 2016 November: Kindness Holiday Calendar

It is almost December, so here is a clever and compassionate way to involve students and family. http://www.simplemost.com/spread-holiday-cheer-random-acts-kindness-calendar/ You might have your students each take a day and write a suggestion for the class to do, or include drawings, rather than words; some may want to make a calendar of activities or appreciations for their […]

Weekly Tribes November 2016: A Wish Jar

Wish Jar This comes from Aine, a teacher in Ireland and a current student in the Tribes BOC (Basic Online Course) We created a dream jar where they wrote their dreams and put it in a Roald Dahl BFG style jar. They had the choice to share it or tie it with a string and […]